It was blustery and slightly chilly with some showers yesterday. Seemed like a good day to bake some muffins and make some chowder.
Place 2 cups of oats (old fashioned rolled oats in the US, jumbo oats here) in a container and add 1 1/2 cups of milk (to vary you can also use soured milk, buttermilk, or orange juice instead of the plain milk--whatever you have or prefer). Place in fridge and let soak overnight or for several hours.
When ready to bake, dump oats/milk mixture into a bowl and add 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of orange extract (or to vary you could use vanilla, lemon, or almond instead), 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar, some coconut (if desired) and some poppyseeds (if desired). Stir in until incorporated.
Add 1 cup of wholemeal (whole wheat in the US) flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir to incorporate. Stir in sliced almonds or other nuts and/or some mini chocolate chips (if desired). Spoon into muffin tins that are either greased or lined and bake at 180C or 400F for about 20 minutes.
These are healthy muffins with substance, not the greasy, cake-like ones you buy in the store. If you make them plain, without extract, coconut, seeds, nuts, and chocolate chips, they are like soda bread muffins. I make them a lot when it is not too hot to use the oven--we have plain ones as meal accompaniments and we eat the jazzed up ones as dessert.
I had a few of the plain ones left and we had those with our chowder for supper last night.
It's so simple, which is exactly what this yarn called for--it's all about the colour. And I use the hdc like that a lot for hats, crocheted sock cuffs and other things. I wore the hat when we went out to do some errands this morning, even though it was a little too warm for it. I can wear it with the cuff folded up or leave it down. It's the perfect weight for an autumn hat--not too thick and not too lightweight. It is supposed to warm up a little in the early part of next week and then maybe cool down a little, so maybe I will be able to wear it then.
To readers in the US, have a great Labor Day weekend! If you are not in the US have a great first weekend in September!